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Timberwolves’ Pekovic out indefinitely with ankle injury

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday that Nikola Pekovic underwent an MRI that revealed bursitis in his right ankle. Pekovic will be withheld from basketball activities for 7-10 days and will be reevaluated at that time. He will be sidelined indefinitely.


Pekovic left during the first quarter of Monday’s game at Chicago and did not return.

The 6-foot-11 center has appeared in all 44 games this year for the Wolves, averaging career highs in points (18.0 ppg), rebounds (9.1 rpg) and minutes (32.5 mpg).

Cream Can Cup will not be played this season

The harsh weather is taking a toll on sports events.

The Willmar activities office announced Tuesday that the Cream Can Cup boys hockey game, twice postponed, will not be scheduled this season and that the Cardinals will host the game next season as they were scheduled to do this season.

The girls hockey game at Willmar vs. Alexandria Tuesday will not be made up.

The boys hockey game, that was also scheduled for Tuesday, will be made up Feb. 14 at the Runestone Center.

Activities director Ryan Blahosky said every attempt was made to find an available date for the game with Litchfield/DC and the girls game vs. Alexandria, both at Willmar.

“At this time of year our schedules are so full with all the rescheduling ice availability, team schedules and other commitments at the schools all come into play,” said the Willmar AD.

To reset either of these two games would mean four games in one week or the girls playing right in front of section playoffs, he added.

The girls basketball game at Willmar with Sauk Rapids on Tuesday will be made up Feb. 27. Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud Tech and Apollo postponed or cancelled all athletic events for Tuesday.

Alexandra Lippert achieves Cobbers, MIAC milestone

Concordia College senior Alexandra Lippert (Willmar) is the first player in Cobber basketball history to record 1,000 career points at least 500 rebounds and at least 200 blocked shots.

She achieved the 1,000-point benchmark when she connected on a short jumper in the second half of the Cobbers’ 68-40 win over Macalester on Jan. 22 at Memorial Auditorium in Moorhead. Her other career totals after the game was 630 rebounds and 245 blocks.

The 6-foot-4 center is the fourth player in MIAC history to join the 1000/500/200 club. Laurie Trow from St. Thomas, Laura Wendorf of St. Ben’s and Anna Nautsch from Bethel are the other three players in conference history to achieve the impressive feat.

The Cobbers are now 10-2 in the MIAC — one game out of first — and 12-3 overall.